The first Ferris wheel was erected at the Chicago World Fair (1893). It would become the symbol and main attraction of the World’s Columbian Exposition.
World’s Columbian Exposition: Ferris Wheel, Chicago, United States, 1893; [view through support wires from one gondola to gondolas opposite on], black-and-white photograph, 3.25 × 4 in., unknown photographer, 1893; source: Brooklyn Museum archives. Goodyear archival collection. Visual materials [6.1.016]: World’s Columbian Exposition lantern slides (1893), https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/archives/image/55094.